SUMMER 2020 NEWSLETTER
Due to Covid-19, publication of Arbour Lake Reflections (by Suburban Journal) is indefinitely suspended. The publication you may have received is the publication representing the Residents Association, not the Arbour Lake Community Association (ALCA).
Here is an update on what has been going on with the ALCA these last few months
WHAT DOES THE ALCA DO? For anyone new to our community, please note that the Arbour Lake Community Association is completely separate from the Arbour Lake Residents Association. The Community Association (that’s us) has no connection to the lake or hall facilities at all. The lake and hall are maintained by the Arbour Lake Residents Association.
Membership in the Community Association is completely voluntary, and we do not receive any portion of the mandatory homeowner fees that go towards lake/hall maintenance. The Community Association is responsible for community programs outside of the lake including:
- Annual community soccer program in conjunction with SoccerTech
- Annual Parade of Garage Sales with the help of Amaranth
- Annual Community Clean-Up
- Reviewing/commenting on new development permits in Arbour Lake
- Infrastructure projects such as playground re-builds, the outdoor year-round fitness park and Arbour Lake’s first Little Free Library
- Currently working on building a Community Garden
- Connecting residents through social media (@arbourlakeCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
- Liaising with the City of Calgary
ANNUAL PARADE OF GARAGE SALES – CANCELLED – the ALCA is not comfortable promoting a community-wide garage sale during Covid-19. If you choose to have a garage sale, be mindful of social distancing requirements. More information can be found on the City of Calgary website.
ANNUAL COMMUNITY CLEAN UP (& MASK DISTRIBUTION) – Saturday, July 4, 2020
YOGA IN THE PARK – Thursday, July 23 6:00pm by the Fitness Park. See poster for more details.
ADOPT-A-NEIGHBOUR FACEBOOK GROUP
Thank you to all the wonderful community members who have stepped up. We were very successful matching volunteers to those who needed assistance. The most common request was for people who were in quarantine needing groceries. As our city starts to open up again, and our risk increases slightly, please continue to reach out if you need help.
Soccer is a go and has been rescheduled for July/August. The ALCA and SoccerTech are committed to the safety of our community. All recommendations made by the provincial government and Alberta Soccer Association will be followed.
Progress still continues on the Community Garden and we hope to begin construction of some of the hard structures later this year. We are beginning to apply for a casino license to raise the necessary funds. If you have expressed interest in having a garden plot, please be prepared to be asked to volunteer for future fundraising activities.
DEVELOPMENT PERMIT NEWS
DP2020 – 3216 at #8 Arbour Crest Mount N/W
Temporary Use – (Home Occupation, Class 2 Hair Stylist)
DP2020-3225 at 10 Crowfoot CIose NW
Changes to Site Plan: (outdoor cafe adjacent to parking lot)
DP2020-2921 at 375 Arbour Grove CL NW
New secondary Suite
DP2020-2454 at 55 Arbour Lake Heights NW
Hopewell Developments; New Arbour Lake West Requested Comments for concrete drainage around NE area homes.
There have been some concerns expressed by residents regarding the Hopewell Development, specifically regarding the wetland area. The City of Calgary has investigated the concerns and advised us that all development is adhering to the permitted guidelines.
Not surprisingly, residential break-ins have been down because so many of us are at home. This has allowed Calgary Police to put more resources into protecting local businesses. There are still some reports of vandalism, and bike thefts from yards. Please continue to report suspicious activity to the Calgary Police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.
CITY OF CALGARY INFORMATION
Covid-19 had led to a dramatic funding shortfall for the City of Calgary. Therefore, the City is cutting back, or eliminating some services including irrigation, herbicide, and pesticide applications.
Please call 311 or download the 311 app to report concerns including vandalism, graffiti and potholes. Potholes that are directly in the line of traffic will be given priority. If there is paint or other markings on a pothole, it is already scheduled for repair.
ALCA REVENUE AND MEMBERSHIP
As of writing this update, we have only 46 paid ALCA memberships for 2020 that are not directly tied to the soccer program. We will be investigating government grants available for non-profits that have lost revenue due to Covid-19, but if you have the means to purchase a membership, we very much need your support. Memberships can be purchased through our website at ARBOURLAKECOMMUNITY.com, or by mailing a cheque for $25.00 to:
Arbour Lake Community Association
PO BOX 68006 RPO CROWFOOT
CALGARY, AB T3G 3N8
Memberships are valid until December 31, 2020.
A quick reminder that all Albertans are eligible for testing for COVID-19, whether they are symptomatic or not. Testing can be easily booked online by visiting www.ahs.ca/covid. If using the Internet is not an option, 811 can book an appointment online for individuals who want to be tested.
Although testing can only determine whether a person has COVID-19 at the time of testing, and cannot determine whether someone has previously had COVID-19, or assess immunity to COVID-19, uptake of the expanded testing is important. It will provide us with a clearer picture of how well our public health measures are working to contain COVID-19, and help guide further progress in Alberta’s re-launch.
Here are a few things to keep in mind, if you choose to be tested:
- While you’re waiting for your result you do not need to self-isolate, as long as you remain asymptomatic.
- If your test result is negative, you may still develop COVID-19 if you have been exposed to the virus in the last 14 days. It’s important to continue monitoring for symptoms.
- If your COVID-19 test result is positive, you would need to self-isolate for at least 10 days, even if you do not have symptoms. Anyone who has been in close contact with you would also have to self-isolate.
We hope that the offering of this testing will provide you and your family with reassurance about your current COVID-19 status.